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appreciate your time and hope to see you again in half an hour. >> goodbye. tonight on "world news," terror takedown. a u.s. soldier arrested in texas with an arsenal of guns and explosives. allegedly planning an attack on an army base, foiled by a former cop with a hunch. secret plan. the white house scrambles to create a financial survival kit for the nation, as the debt ceiling deadline approaches and the wrangling rachets up. too much tylenol? major changes tonight for anyone who takes the best-selling pain reliever. the important new information about how much you should take. and golden achiever. we'll tell you the story of a scruffy dog who made an unauthorized run in a marathon and won much more than the race.
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good evening. a u.s. soldier is behind bars tonight for plotting a massive attack on troops at a sprawling army base in texas. police tell abc news the suspect is 21-year-old private naser abdo, a muslim raised in texas, all right facing court martial. his plan reportedly included multiple bombs and a shooting rampage near ft. hood, the site of that massacre two years ago. and it was all thwarted by a retired cop that worked in a gun shop. abc's ryan owens is inside that gun shop in killeen, texas, tonight. ryan? >> reporter: good evening to you, diane. police believe the attack was actually supposed to happen today. as you said, it was thwarted when this young soldier came all the way here to texas, he was based 800 miles away in ft. campbell, kentucky, and stopped at this gun store. the clerk here had a feeling he
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might be up to no good. investigators say this young soldier has been battling the army almost since he joined it. >> i don't want to deploy because i believe i can't both deploy and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan, but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested, he told officers he wanted to get even with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here where major nidal hasan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them he wasn't going to target the military post, but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told them his plan was to set off two bombs, then shoot any survivors. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store.
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he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday, then bought six pounds of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> when somebody comes in, especially to a business like this, and makes a purchase and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. and was. i'm not bashful at all to point a finger and say, "there's something wrong with this guy." >> reporter: concerned enough to call police. >> i thought he was a little bit aloof. >> reporter: whohothe next day, searched the soldier's room at this local hotel. >> i'm only pleased that an imbalanced individual is not out where he can do harm to the public. >> reporter: inside that soldier's hotel room, they not only found the ammunition he purchased here, but a pistol, as well as the components needed to make two bombs. diane? >> ryan, talk about see something, say something.
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that was in force. thank you. and i want to bring in now our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. i know you've been working the story all day. any evidence of a wider plot, anybody else involved? >> reporter: diane, so far, there's no evidence of a wider plot. police are dissecting his life. but they want to know more details, so they continue to work tonight. this appears to be a classic lone wolf case. we're told that naser had been under investigation for months after he allegedly was overheard making radical statements. military officials started looking at his background and eventually came across child r pornography on his computer. he's facing those charges on a court martial and disappeared on the fourth of july. in addition to the explosives in that hotel, police discovered jihadist literature. as the investigation continues tonight, diane, the fbi wants to know, did naser become a ticking time bomb on his own or did someone encourage him? naser was known to mention the name of radical cleric anwar al awlaki, who is currently hiding in yemen. but police have established no firm ties. >> no firm ties.
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did he have materials from awlaki? >> reporter: well, again, our information is that he was known to throw around the name. that's one of the reasons why officials became concerned about him. >> all right, pierre, who will continue to work this story, make his phone calls through the night. thank you, pierre thomas. and we turn now to the big crisis for america's economy, the debt deadline, just days away. we have been tracking the developments hour by hour and tonight, at last, some news on one of the plans. abc's jon karl is on capitol hill with that. jon? >> reporter: diane, there is some real drama going on right now here in the house. they were supposed to be voting on john boehner's debt ceiling bill. that has been delayed. and if you look down that hallway, john boehner's office is right down there and he is s there, trying to get the votes he needs to pass his bill. he's not there yet. this is the bill that could increase the debt ceiling by about $900 billion, only about six months worth. because it would force the president to come back and go
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through this all over again. but what boehner is finding is that a lot of those tea party republicans don't want to vote for this. he has put his speakership on the line, saying that he cannot lead if they don't support him. so, the question now is, diane, will he get the votes to pass the republican plan? >> can he get his republicans in line? jon karl, standing by, watching it all. and, of course, while they battle it out on the hill, on capitol hill, there is a secret scramble behind the scenes at the white house to come up with a financial, if you will, dodosday plan, as the deadline passes with no deal in place. and abc's jake tapper is at the white house tonight with those down to the wire decisions. tell us about them, jake. >> reporter: well, diane, even regardless of the state of the house bill, democrats say it's dead on earrival. so, it's unclear that the debt ceiling will be raszed by deadline tuesday. so, the white house is preparing for a worst case scenario.
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next door to the white house on the third floor conference room at the treasury department, secretary tim geithner and a dozen others have been preparing a secret plan for doomsday. for months, they've been planning a world where congress has instructed the federal government t tcontinue to pay its bills but as of next tuesday, has not given it a way to pay them. >> what happens then is that we no longer have the ability to borrow money. >> reporter: tax revenue will continue to flow into the treasury, but not nearly enough. $178 billion in august to cover $308 billion in bills. so, tough choices will have to be made. who gets paid? who does not? abc news has learned a top priority will be paying the interest on the existing debt. that's at least $38 billion this month, so the u.s. government does not, for the first time in its history, default, perhaps causing markets to plummet. that leaves the government roughly $140 billion to pay for such critical items as medicare, medicaid, payments to u.s. troops. $130 billion short. >> we assume that debt related bills have to be paid. there's no question. you have to make the mortgage payment.
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everything else, you have 50 cents to pay a dollar worth of bills. >> reporter: jerome powell, former undersecretary of the treasury for finance under president george w. bush has been explaining to members of congress what this scenario might mean.. >> if you decide, for example, to make all the safety net payments, we're going to stand up for the elderly, the sick, the poor and the disabled, we're going to make all those payments, what's left unpaid is the entire defense department. not a dollar. active duty military pay, not a dollar. >> reporter: and diane, a lot of people on wall street, of course, around the country, are very nervous about this. 20 officials of the biggest banks will have an opportunity to talk to treasury department officials tomorrow when they meet at the federal reserve bank in new york. diane? >> again, another day passes. thank you, jake tapper at the white house. and now, we move on to a blustery but welcome visitor to texas. a big tropical storm named don. the lone star state is in the throes of an historic drought and cannot wait for don to
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arrive. the storm is moving through the gulf of mexico, as you can see, expected to reach southeast texas late tomorrow or saturday with plenty of rain, but not expected to become a hurricane. and abc's matt gutman is in victoria, texas, tonight. tells us about it, matt. reporter: hey, diane. well this tropical storm and the rain it will bring couldn't come at a better time for the folks here. these soybean plans would normally be chest high at this time of the year. instead, the cracks in the soil here are about waist deep. 30 inches down. now, this entire state, almost every inch of it, locked in this devastating drought. grasshoppers are swarming here, huge plumes of them. the rain helps checkckheir population. but the drought has kept them thriving. this mountain lion, parched with thirst, was caught loooong for water in a downtown el paso car wash. and this drought is also disrupting these bats' normal behavior. now, the storm is forecast to dump about three inches of rain here. texas needs at least a foot of rain just to get back to normal. so, this is not going to be a
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drought buster, diane. but it is a good start. >> it will help. thank you, matt gutman, in texas tonight. and now, the race to b bng help to the people suffering in the biggest humanitarian disaster now on earth. abc news was the first american network on the scene in africa, where more than 11 million people are going hungry in ethiopia, somalia, kenya. and the head of the world food program says this famine could claim an entire generation in that part of the world. last night, we told you about the 100-mile trek parents are making to get food for their children. and tonight, abc's david muir is the only american anchor on the scene. he traveled with some of those families on the harrowing last ten miles. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening and this is it. the final ten miles on that stretch, that long, painful journey from s salia here to the refugee camps in kenya. so many families have left loved ones behind on this route. they were simply too weak to make it.
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mothers carrying their children, facing bandits and blistering heat. and they have all done this because there is no food where they come form. our trip along a perilous and now well-worn route. traveled before us by tens of thousands, on foot, desperate for food. a desolate, scorched landscape, bandits and wild animals in hiding. a scattering of families, pulling their belongings. the animal carcasses, so many families' livelihoods lost on the way. and then we see her. a mother sitting beneath a tree. she's almost there. she's been walking for days. how long was her journey? "ten days,s,she tells us. these are all her belongings from somalia? "yes," she answers. her own children have run ahead. to the tents that now pepper the horizon. the first sign of life in the distance. and we approach, the first ones to greet us? the children and those smiles,
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racing to keep up with us. you can really see they have sprouted up tent cities here as far as the eye can see. these are all families waiting to getetnto the refugee camps. the refugees are now spilling out into the desert. and the doctors are now coming to them. >> this is an msf ambulance. >> reporter: this is an ambulance? >> msf ambulance. >> reporter: when he takes us inside, a crush of families, mothering putting their children in a sort of hanging bucket to weigh them. and they're noticing something here. that the hunger goes well beyond babies and toddlers. it's the older children, too. when you see malnutrition in 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, that's a sign of how deep the famine is, right? >> yes, how deep the problem is. it's like sign of starvation. >> reporter: and they say, if they can just get them the nutrients they knead, you'll soon see what we did outside. we tried to capture the moment. they were off. and inside this maternity ward,
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another mother, just finished one trying journey. hello? she now sits with her newborn she delivered herself along that road. she gave birth to her baby on the way? >> yeah, on the way coming from somalia. >> reporter: she was walking? >> yes. >> reporter: can we see your baby? a beautiful baby girl. and when i asked, how did she do it, she says there were other mothers who saw her and helped. they made that long walk, too. that mother and her newborn at the refugee camp tonight. and there are likely thousands more still coming behind them. these mothers tell us they make this journey not only totoind food, but a future for their children. diane? >> well, david, i know you and all of us at abc news want to thank you, our viewers, for the incredible outpouring last night. so many of you went online to donate money to organizations like doctors without borders, awaiting all those who are walking, helping supply something called plumpy nut, a little package of full nutrition
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for a child for under $1. and still has a lot of ways to help, if you want to check online. and still ahead on "world news," a big change in the recommended way we all take tylenol. why? what is the worry? and also, the big brash governor of new jersey, chris christie. why did he land in the hospital today? and that underdog who crashed through the gates in a marathon and won everybody's heart. impressive resume.
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fears of dangerous overdoses. the key ingredient in tylenol is acetaminophen, but it is also an ingredient in over 600 other medications you might be taking, like alkaseltzer, nyquil and sudafed. in some cases, people are mixing these medications and unknowingly overdosing. >> it can kill people when used in large doses. so, trying to reduce the doses people use is very wise. >> reporter: acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of liver failure in the u.s., sending 56,000 americans to the hospital each year. about 450 die as a direct result. this woman took tylenol several times a day for a decade for relief from migraines, saying she always kept to the recommended dose. her liver suddenly failed. >> the medication, which made me feel better and take away my headaches or any other pains, could make me so sick. it just t dn't make sense to me. >> reporter: johnson & johnson made the call today on its own
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to try and protect consumers. so, beginning this fall, look for the extra strength tylenol packages recommending you take less. and starting in january, regular tylenol will, as well. doctors say people looking to control the pain should heed the advice now. six extra strength tylenol a day, not eight. andrea canning, abc news, los angeles. and coming up, a brigade of kites. how these children are breaking records. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic low back pain.
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today, new jersey's turbocharged governor chris christie was taken to the hospital, and he said he had trouble breathing. he suffersrsrom asthma. he uses an inhaler every morning. but doctors did rule out a heart attack. the governor has long expressed bold pride in his weight, though he did trim down recently because he said his kids were worried about his health. he's now been released. and last night we told you here that alex trebek explained that he ended up on crutches after chasing a burglar from his hotel room. we have an update for you now. "the y"jeopardy" host will have surgery on his achilles tendon tomorrow. and it is a stretch of desert more commonly associated with turmoil, not toppling world records, but today gaza, 15,000 children joined forces to set a new world record for the most kites ever to swarm the sky in one moment. and abc's alex marquardt was there.
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>> reporter: organizers say the goal for today is just to let these kids who normally lead tough lives have some fun -- and to show the world what they're capable of. >> and alex items us, by the way, it was kind of a david versus goliath moment. gaza's population is 1.8 million. the chinese 1.3 billion and the chinese used to hold the record. coming up, the dog who decided to make a spontaneous run in a charity marathon and inspired a kind of revolution. she needs help from me. and her medication. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's symptoms. [ female announcer ] it cannot change the course of the disease. hospitalization and rarely death have been reported in patients who wore more than one patch at a time. the most common side effects of exelon patch are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. the likelihood and severity of these side effects
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and finally tonight, he was a dog no one wanted. scruffy, scrappy, and it turns out, born to run. when dozer crashed into a local charity marathon, bolting out of his yard, he won a victory far bigger than those two hours and his four legs. abc's john donvan explains. >> reporter: start at the ending, the finish line -- a half marathon in maryland. so, why the dog? >> well done. well done! >> reporter: more importantly, why give the dog a medal? well here then, the beginning. dozer the golden doodle, back in 2008, when his new human went to take him home, that would be
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rosana with the stick. all his puppy brothers and sisters had already left. >> he was the dog nobody wanted. >> reporter: which made dozer kind of an underdog. but then -- fast forward three years. the sunday morning of the maryland half marathon. 2,000 runners, 13 plus miles, pounding down the road for cancer research. and when they passed dozer's house, he somehow slipped past the virtual fence meant to keep him inside and joined the runners, caught up in the current, there he was. still later, there. out of place, but keeping up without gatorade or power bars. as people snapped his picture all along the route. and then, up ahead this was itit and somebody actually videotaped the moment at what for the runners nearby was 2 hours and 14 minutes. and so, he was already famous by the time he wandered back home next morning, to the relief of an obviously worried rosana. the medal was from the greenebaum cancer center in maryland.
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suddenly, dozer was bringing in contributions. and with his own facebook page and close to 2,500 fans, he's raised $17,000, surpassing any of the human runners. and you know what that makes dozer the goldendoodle, one-e-me underdog? it makes him poster dog and puts him a lot closer to the front of the pack. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> run, dozer, run. and we thank you for watching. we're always on at we'lsee you tomorrow. tonight the shooting death of a muni fare evader. police found gun they say he used to kill himself after they shot him. >> senseless murder of a midnight missionary. his death touches a nerve to the steps of city hall. >> medical procedures can not
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be decided by popular vote. the ruling on a san francisco ballot measure to ban circumcision. >> and local advices on the deadlock over the debt. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. san francisco police say they've now recovered the gun killed a man they were chasing. >> it's the gun police say the dead man had on him him. he was running cops when the fatal shot was fired. vic lee is live in san francisco with this major development in the investigation. vick, it took two week buzz police claim they have it now. >> that is right this, is a crucial bit of evidence, police hope will dispel lingering doubts about this controversial case. investigators say they found a 380 semi automatic pistol, they say belonged to a 19-year-old kenneth harding. >> as of saturday, we received
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